Speaking recently on the Here We Go podcast, Fabrizio Romano discussed Liverpool’s interest in RB Leipzig centre-back, Dayot Upamecano.
Since joining Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg in what was a £9 million deal back in January of 2017, Upamecano has so far gone on to feature 139 times for the German club, chipping in with three goals and providing four assists along the way.
So far this season, the £54 million-rated 22-year-old has highly impressed over his 19 Bundesliga appearances for Julian Nagelsmann’s side, making an average of 1.2 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per match, culminating in an average WhoScored match rating of 6.94 – ranking him as the seventh-best performer in the team who currently occupy second place in the German top flight.
He said: “Bayern Munich are leading the race, [but] we have to mention Liverpool because they want to go for a top centre-back next summer. Upamecano is an option.
“We will see what’s going on with [Ozan] Kabak – it wasn’t a good start [for him at Liverpool against] Manchester City but, for sure, he needs time. So, they will decide because he has an option and not an obligation to buy [clause], so it’s an open situation with Kabak.
“Keep an eye on a centre-back for Liverpool but, at the moment for Upamecano, we can say that Bayern Munich are absolutely leading the race, they are pushing to sign him. But Liverpool are interested.”
Would Upamecano be a good signing?
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments regarding Dayot Upamecano…
With Liverpool having suffered something of an injury crisis at centre-back this season, with all three of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip suffering long term injuries, it is not difficult to imagine Jurgen Klopp being keen to strengthen in the area this summer, even after the January signings of Kabak and Ben Davies.
And, considering how well Upamecano has performed this season, as well as the fact the defender is still just 22 years old, in our opinion, the Leipzig man would be a fantastic addition to the Liverpool backline.